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Have a few days off, took a drive...beautiful sunny 75 degree day. Drove down to Tuscarawas County where I'm from and drove some backroads I haven't driven in 30 years or more..

Outside the village of Tuscarawas on a back road, I spotted what appeared to be a 1941 1940 LaSalle moldering in a yard...

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Over Labor Day weekend I went to Deep Creek Maryland and rented a cottage on a farm away from the main resort area. Had a nice restful vacation with some hiking and a lot of sleeping in.   But we also

Super clean :

Here is something borrowed and blue.  I am sure that ocnblu will like it.  

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13 hours ago, balthazar said:

'40 is the last year.
Prob a '38-40, but I've not committed LaSalles to memory.

The vertical slots on each side of the grille is why I thought it was the '40.

 

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A couple other spotting from that trip---a black '62 Falcon convertible, no top, sitting in a yard along w/ a couple mid 60s Ford F-series pickups and a couple old 60s-70s IH fronted schoolbuses,   and along I-77 in Canton spotted a classic car dealer w/ a yellow '56-57 Corvette on top of the building on a sign.

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I had just been reading the admin staff review on the newer Volvo sedan and I saw one right after that.  Here it is.

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It's fairly safe looking.  I like the rear fascia fairly well.  I saw those frumpy, old school a/c vents (and knobs) inside.  If Volvos were anything like they used to be, or were reputed to be, it should feel like a bank vault and last a good long while.

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No chance to get a pic, but saw a gleaming nuclear yellow C8 Corvette, parked in side lot of store, all by itself.
and a really clean '68-ish Falcon 2-dr sedan with modern larger Torque Thrust rims, white w/ black top. I think I've spotted it once before a few years back.

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A Tale of Two Chevys.  What a contrast I must say.

In a Couche Tard parking lot (7 Eleven if you will) 

At one end of a 7-8 car parking on the left. An all black C7 Corvette Z06 with the Z07 package and at the complete other end, a 1988-'89ish blue Corsica and no other cars in the middle.    The Corsica was in extremely good condition. 

As I zoomed past the depanneur, this is the visual I got:  

Used 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Z07 Performance Package For Sale ($79,995)  | BJ Motors Stock #H5605365                 Chevrolet Corsica 1993 года, 3.1 л., Привет, бензин, тип кузова Седан,  Самарская область, расход 11.0       

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11 hours ago, oldshurst442 said:

A Tale of Two Chevys.  What a contrast I must say.

In a Couche Tard parking lot (7 Eleven if you will) 

At one end of a 7-8 car parking on the left. An all black C7 Corvette Z06 with the Z07 package and at the complete other end, a 1988-'89ish blue Corsica and no other cars in the middle.    The Corsica was in extremely good condition. 

As I zoomed past the depanneur, this is the visual I got:  

Used 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Z07 Performance Package For Sale ($79,995)  | BJ Motors Stock #H5605365                 Chevrolet Corsica 1993 года, 3.1 л., Привет, бензин, тип кузова Седан,  Самарская область, расход 11.0       

Odd neither car has a license plate...is that a EU style license plate bracket on the bumper of the Corsica with a 'Russia' decal? 

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Spotted a very clean '74 Monte Carlo in a triple avocado green (a color that was very popular w/ mid 70s Chevys I think) and a pink chrome late model Mustang GT convertible (probably a wrap, looked like a Spectraflame Hot Wheels car). 

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Spotted on 9/11/2020.  I guess this accessory exists, but it's the first time I've seen it.  The owner saw me taking a photo and laughed.

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added that this was in 2020
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5 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

^ That would work for me also, as I have a black Jeep.  But I'm definitely not the black sheep of my family...

I probably qualify, but rarely got into trouble.  More often than not, it tends to be middle and last born kids. For me, I think it was mostly about attitude.

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Also spotted this weekend ... this was just a regular restaurant serving a happy hour on its patio, and someone obviously decided to drive their classic Pontiac GTO (426, 429, not sure) to it.

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The front end treatment is suggestive of the big Bonneville

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Thinking back, this roof line was sleek compared to the more stout '65s

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A signature on the hood to remind you it's a Pontiac. 

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Pull tabs, so no A/C.  No electric gizmos.  Blue!

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Don't know the name for this finned back lite treatment, but it was unique to the GM mid-sizes of this run of a few MYs.

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Great tail lamps.  Horizontal makes the car look sportier, IMHO.  Possibly Grand Prix related, in a way.  

This was a pleasant surprise.

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Beautiful ‘67 GTO.  Would be a 400.  I was the last-born in my family, and my sister is the middle child.  We have both been the best behaved and successful, while our older brother has been a perpetual screwup since he was a teenager.  

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10 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Beautiful ‘67 GTO.  Would be a 400.  I was the last-born in my family, and my sister is the middle child.  We have both been the best behaved and successful, while our older brother has been a perpetual screwup since he was a teenager.  

The 400 was born by then?  Interesting.  Someone who saw the photos did say '67.

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When it rains, it pours ... within 5 minutes at each other, and on the same major street, 2 very cool older Buicks.

Here's a '76 Buick Regal S/R.  The badging is gone and modified (the S/R badge is gone and a 350 badge was added where they used to put a V6 badge, but this was a V8.)  The guy (in the car) told me he picked it up for between $3K and $4K.  That is amazing.  I pulled out my phone and explained to him that S/Rs were fairly rare and Buick's late answer to the upscale Cutlasses with buckets of those same years.  He didn't know about the S/R designation, but knew of Salon and Calais trims for Olds.  When they took the Regal from horizontal to "baby Eldorado" tail lamp treatment, it took the appeal of this coupe way, way up.

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I asked him if I could take photos.  He was cool with it.

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The Superman floor mats have to go, but check out the trestle shifter on the console.

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We will never see these kinds of automotive interiors again.  Sad.

Then, a few blocks away, I see this.  A '91 or '92 Riviera.  This was the best color for it, IMO, and for its sibling, the Toronado.  Olds called it Light Driftwood Metallic.  Either car looked great in it, provided it had alloy wheels and not wire wheel covers.  I'm probably partial to the Toro.

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With this rear pillar and the rounder rear fenders, along with the notchback rear window and long trunk, this run of Rivieras was unmistakable.

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As the Riviera downsized, so did its "Parthenon" grille.

Amazing sights, within just 5 minutes.

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38 minutes ago, David said:

@trinacriabob Is that an 8 Track deck I spy on that Buick?

Good eye!  He told me he put it in for old school, memory lane purposes.

What a sweet ride, though.  If it were in a nicer color combo, I wouldn't mind having one.  And the price he paid!!! They want big bucks for those old Cutlasses and Regals in good condition.

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Nice Regal and Riviera...haven't seen one of those Regals in ages.   There is a Riviera of that vintage I see occasionally around here, same color...in a driveway w/ a white Regal 4dr from around 2000 and a silver '96-99 Riviera. 

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Parking structure spotting - today

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A coupe made by Hyundai in a lime color - not sure of the name of this model

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Chargers look great in a lot of colors, though I wouldn't necessarily want to own a red one.

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